What’s on in Northumberland – week ending May 12


Thursday, May 12: Downsideup - Taking Back The Power. Riding Lights Roughshod Theatre Company. Using a series of sketches, music, physical theatre and comedy, Downsideup addresses issues that every one of us faces relating to power in modern day life. From the teenager who feels pressurised to be beautiful, to a marriage of violence and conflict, it explores the daily burdens of Man. In contrast the company of five young actors explore the values of the Kingdom of God such as forgiveness, love, equity, peace and grace and how a deeper sense of power can be found in the radical thought, teaching and example of a Rabbi from Nazareth. At Jubilee Institute Hall, Bridge Street, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Adults £6, conc £4, box office 01669 622856.


Tonight: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Scott Band Trio perform. Musicians and listeners welcome. At The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members £3, non-members £5. Contact 01668 281307.

Tonight: Tanners Arms Unplugged. Open Mic Acoustic Night. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick, Free. Starts 9pm.

Tomorrow: Friday Night Live. Take a bit of Irish, country and folk and you have the three-piece Happy Cats. At The Wellwood, Amble. 9pm. Becks/Budweiser £2.25 a bottle. Happy Hour on selected cocktails all night from 5pm.

Monday, May 9: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Live music at Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Thursday, May 12: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Duncan Black and Marie Fielding perform. Musicians and listeners welcome. At The Glendale Hall, Cheviot Street, Wooler. 7.30pm. Members £4, non-members £5.50, includes supper. There will also be a bar. For more information, contact Sheila Smailes on 01668 281535.


Today to Sunday, May 15: Working Horses. Working horses would have traditionally worked on the Cragside estate. Find out more about their jobs. At Cragside. 10.30am–4pm. Normal admission. Contact 01669 620333.

Today: Talk. Medieval historian Michael Thomson unravels the power politics of Northern Britain in the age of the Romans to understand the rise and fall of Hadrian’s Wall. Followed by light lunch. At Wallington. 10am–1pm. £20, including refreshments/lunch. Booking essential, contact 01670 773600.

Today: Field Trip. Field trip in the Ingram Valley with Alnwick and District Natural History Society. Meet 2pm, Ingram Bridge car park. Contact Coral Turnbull, 01665 602614.

Tomorrow: Fund-raising Event. MKM Building Supplies, in Alnwick, is sponsoring an event at The Bede Street Club in Amble. Held in aid of Amble lad Brandon Ballance who has battled a brain tumour for six years, it will feature male vocalist Scott Webster, as well as a disco and a raffle with top prizes, while the company is auctioning off a bathroom suite, worth £500, on the night. Anyone wanting to make a bid for the suite can do so beforehand by calling Gordon Webster on 07855 860938 or by dropping in a sealed bid at MKM on Lionheart Enterprise Park in Alnwick. Alternatively, bids can be made on the night. The event runs from 7pm–midnight. Tickets £4 each. Purchase within or call Gordon.

Tomorrow: Badger Watch. Go wildlife watching with an expert guide. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 8pm–10.30pm. £10 per person. Booking essential, call 01434 250209.

Tomorrow: Saturn Night. Long admired and regarded as the most beautiful object in the night sky, Saturn will be visible with startling resolution through powerful telescopes. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm–late. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential through www.kielderobservatory.org or call 07805 638469 for assistance.

Saturday, May 7: Working Lives Symposium. Working Lives is a Heritage Lottery Fund-funded project to increase access to some of the collections that are held within Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn. A symposium takes place at Woodhorn where staff members and volunteers will speak about some of the work they have undertaken on the project during the last year. Admission to the all-day event is free. Starts at 10am. For more information or to sign up for a place, contact Sarah Littlefear at slittlefear@woodhorn.org.uk or call 01670 528025.

Saturday, May 7: Hooky and Proggy Workshop. Join Lapwing Crafts for a creative day to make spring flowers using the traditional crafts of hooky and proggy. Suitable for beginners. At Wallington. 10am–4pm. £55 including tuition, materials, refreshments and lunch. Booking essential, contact 01670 773600.

Saturday, May 7: Ceramic Display. Well-known ceramic artist Veronica Ballan, of Studio Two Ceramics, holds an Open House/Studio Day at 8 Percy Terrace, Alnwick, from 12.30pm–5.30pm, to show people what she creates and where and how it is done. There will be a showcase of her work around the house for people to examine and even purchase before it is snapped up and sent off to someone in the outer Hebrides.

Saturday, May 7 to Sunday, May 22: Look out for Lambs! Help welcome Wallington’s newest arrivals as newborn lambs from the Estate come for a visit. Get up close to the lambs and possibly have the opportunity to feed them. At Wallington. Normal admission applies plus a small charge to visit the lambs. More information, call 01670 773600.

Saturday, May 7: The Trio Contraposto. The Trio will be playing sonatas by Bach, Valentine and Telemann and are also all playing solos by baroque and renaissance composers from Western Europe. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Contact Tony on 0191 285 3059 or tony@theheritageconsultant.co.uk

Saturday, May 7: Summer Concert. The Bottle Bank Band (acoustic fiddle quartet) and The Virtuoso Jazz Trio come together, each playing their own sets of pieces as well as sharing tunes. At Alwinton Church, Upper Coquetdale. 7.30pm. Before that, at 2pm, The Bottle Bank Band will hold a workshop at the church for players of all abilities interested in folk and traditional music. Concert admission at the door £12, senior citizens £10, U21s free. Workshop £5, call 01669 650378/631131 to register.

Sunday, May 8: Jumps and Drops Mountain Biking Event. Develop your riding skills on all manner of steps, drops and jumps. Age 16+. At Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–3pm. £89 per person, booking essential, call 01434 250532 or email kielder@purplemountain.co.uk

Sunday, May 8: Orienteering. Kielder Trophy orienteering event. For more information and to book visit www.newcastleorienteering.org.uk

Sunday, May 8: Northumbrian Clog Dancers. Clog and highland dancing in the courtyard at Wallington (weather permitting). Noon and 1.30pm. Normal admission. Contact 01670 773967.

Sunday, May 8: In Focus. Try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. Contact 01665 711578.

Sunday, May 8: Werca’s Folk. Werca’s Folk choir are known for their passionate singing of beautiful songs and songs which express the joys, hardships and hopes of women of all times. At Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Contact Tony on 0191 285 3059 or tony@theheritageconsultant.co.uk

Sunday, May 8: Spring Festival. Celebrate the coming of spring and mark the flowering of the Tai Haku cherry trees. Try Japanese crafts at various workshops. At The Alnwick Garden, 11am–3pm. Lanterns to be floated on the pond at 3pm. Normal admission. Contact 01665 511350.

Sunday, May 8: Talk. RHS Talk with Adrian Bloom on Blooms Best Perennials and Grasses. Pavilion Room. At The Alnwick Garden. 2pm. £5 RHS members, £7 non-members. To book contact 01665 511184.

Sunday, May 8: Open Mic/Open Art. Open Mic session giving anyone the opportunity to showcase their musical skills in front of a live audience. Either take part or watch in the audience. Open Art is an opportunity to come along and express your artiness no matter what your level of experience. Each event will focus on digital photography, design, illustration, textile art and creative writing. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. Free.

Sunday, May 8: Observe The Night Sky. Star gaze and learn about the incredible dark sky with your naked eye, binoculars, 14” and 20” telescopes - or bring your own. Experts on hand. At Kielder Observatory. 8pm–late. £8 adults, £6 conc, booking essential through www.kielderobservatory.org or call 07805 638 469 for assistance.

Monday, May 9: Talk. Talk by Pauline Burbidge and Dorothy Osler on A Tale of Two Quilt-makers.

In this illustrated presentation, Pauline Burbidge will present her own work and working practices while Dorothy Osler will profile the life and work of Elizabeth Shepherd (1875–1950), traditional North Country quilt-maker from Amble. At Barter Books, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Entrance £3, including a glass of wine and nibbles. To be assured of a seat, come early.

Tuesday, May 10: The Alnwick Garden Boot Camp. In The Garden Boot Camp participants will be pushed to their maximum ability during an hour-long session comprising of training using various spaces around The Alnwick Garden. All activities can be adapted to a range of ages and abilities. 6pm–7pm. This is the third of a six-week course. £4 per session. Booking essential for all classes on 01665 511350 (option 4).

Wednesday, May 11: Pub Quiz. Lionheart Radio Pub Quiz @ The Hairy Lemon (Alnwick). £1 per person to enter. Great fun with plenty of topics. Proceeds from the quiz are donated to the running of the community radio station. 8.30pm.


Saturday, May 7: Map and Compass Training. Course led by Russell Tait who will lead participants through maps, scales, grid references and how they work before moving onto some basic compass work, including how to create and follow compass bearings. Maps and compasses provided. Bring strong shoes/outdoor gear. Starts 10am at Rothbury. £39. Contact 01830 540453 or visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Sunday, May 8: Guided Walk. This eight-mile walk is the second section of the Shepherds Walks 2011 long-distance trail along the Northumberland section of the Pennine Way. Meet 10am, at Thirlwall Castle Car Park, before transfer (included in price) to Small Cleugh for start of walk. £14. Contact 01830 540453 or www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Wednesday, May 11: Guided Walk. Behind the Scenes: Water Power is a guided walk for anyone interested in hydraulic and hydroelectric machinery at Cragside. At Cragside. 1pm. Free, normal admission. Contact 01669 620333.

Thursday, May 12: Guided Photography Walk. Join local professional photographer Andy Craig for a two-hour PhotoTrail on the Northumberland Coast. Learn how to document the story of the landscape as you pass through it. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Club. 8am. £25. Contact 01665 576012 to reserve a place.

Alnwick Health Walks (Long). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick Tourist Information Centre, Market Place. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Alnwick Health Walks (Intermediate). First and third Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick TIC. One-hour walk. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Alnwick Health Walks (Starter). Every Wednesday at 10am from Alnwick TIC. Maximum 30 minutes. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Amble Health Walks. Every Tuesday at 1.30pm from Amble Tourist Information Centre. Starter and intermediate. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Belford Health Walks. Long walk Monday, 3pm. Meet at Market Cross. Shorter walk Monday, 1.30pm. Meet at Bell View Resource Centre. Contact North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494

Berwick Health Walks (Beginner and Intermediate). Both Wednesday. Meet at 1.30pm at The Maltings. Contact North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494

Hadston Health Walks (Starter). Every Wednesday at 1pm from Hadston House. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Rothbury Health Walks (Starter). Every Friday at 10.30am from Rothbury TIC. Intermediate/long walks every Friday at 10.30am. Contact Jon Monks on 01665 605030.

Seahouses Health Walks. Every Monday at 2pm. Meet at the Resource Centre. Ring Kelvin Rushworth on 01665 721868 or email Jennifer Brown on seahouseswalking@hotmail.com

Wooler Health Walks (Intermediate). Every Thursday at 1.30pm. Meet at the Cheviot Centre. Contact North Northumberland Sports Development Team on 01665 511494.


Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Alnwick District Arts Association presents Evolving Vision. Starts tomorrow until June 18. Open during box office hours.

Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, 01665 605847. Cultural Connections. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the twinning of Alnwick with Time in Norway, Voerde in Germany and Lagny Sur Marne in France. Until May 20. Open 10am–4pm, daily.

Bakehouse Gallery, Prudhoe Street, Alnwick, 01665 602277. Celebrate National Ceramics Week at the Bakehouse Gallery with an exhibition featuring works from the likes of Peter Seddon, Emma George, Northumbrian Craft Pottery and Studio Two Ceramics. Today until May 7. For more information, visit www.thebakehousegallery.com

Belford Craft Gallery, Market Place, Belford, 01668 213888. Exhibition of watercolour paintings by Ron Curran. Until May 7. Open Saturday, 10am–5pm, Sunday, 1pm–4pm, and Tuesday–Friday, 10am–12.30pm and 2pm–5pm.

Crown Studio Gallery, Bridge Street, Rothbury, 01669 622890. Spring Exhibition, with a selection of new landscapes of Rothbury and district by resident artist Lynda Taylor. Also jewellery by Michael Peckit and other local makers, ceramic animal sculptures, glass, etchings and prints. Open Tuesday–Saturday, 9am–5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Fenwick Gallery, Warkworth, 01665 711136. For information visitwww.fenwickgallery.co.uk

The Aln Gift Shop and Gallery, 57 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, 01665 830245. Original and limited edition prints by Joanne Wishart. New works in the Coastal Cottage Series, including Craster lobster pots. Original pieces of porcelain by designer and maker Amanda Mercer. Open daily, 10am–4.30pm, Sundays 11am–4.30pm.

The Design Room Art Gallery, 79 High Street, Wooler NE71 6BD. New original work by artists Jim Edwards and Natalie Bell. New limited edition prints by Iain Faulkner and Kevin Day. Open Monday–Saturday, 10am–4pm, other times by appointment. Call 07921 436427 or visit www.thedesignroomartgallery.co.uk

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 01665 830600, www.theoldschoolgallery.co.uk. Currently showing Catching Light – new mixed media works by Clifford Blakey. Until May 8. Open Wednesday–Sunday and Bank Holidays. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Call or visit website for opening times.

Woodhorn Musuem and Northumberland Archives, QE II Country Park, Ashington, 01670 528080. Personal Views, by Alnwick and District Camera Club. Until July 3. Open Wednesday–Sunday (plus Monday & Tuesday in school holidays and Bank Holiday Mondays), 10am–5pm.


Alnwick Castle, Alnwick. 01665 510777. Open 10am–6pm daily, state rooms open 11am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Adult £13, conc £10.40, child (5–16) £6, U5s free, family £34, group £9pp. Combined tickets for Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Garden also available.

Alnwick Garden, Alnwick. 01665 511350. Open 10am–6pm daily. Adult £11, conc £9 (including an optional £1 Gift Aid donation), child 1p, group £7pp. Combined tickets for Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle also available.

Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday afternoon. Adult £2.50, children £1. All proceeds go to local charities.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 01665 605847. Open daily, 10am–4pm. Adults £2.50, conc, seniors, students, unemployed £2, U16s free, family (2 adults/1 conc) £6.70, family (2 adults plus 2 conc) £7.60.

Bamburgh Castle. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4pm. Adult £8.50, child £4 (under 5 free), senior £7.50, family £21. Groups call 01668 214 208. Schools £2 per pupil.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 01661 881636. Open 10am–5pm daily. Adult £7.50, child £4.50, conc £6.80, family £19.50, English Heritage members free.

Berwick Barracks. 01289 304493. Open Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, English Heritage members free. Call for details of Main Guard opening times/prices.

Brinkburn Priory. 01665 570628. Open Thursday–Monday, 11am–4pm. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Adult £3.30, child £2, conc £3, English Heritage members free.

Chillingham Castle, 01668 215359. Open noon–5pm daily, closed Saturdays. Adult £8.50, conc £7.50, child (5–15) £4, family £21.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park. Monday–Friday, tours start 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Closed Saturdays. Sunday tours start 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Tour route not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Adults £6, children (4–16yrs) £2, conc £4, family (of five) £14. Combined tickets available at discounted rate to visit both the Cattle and the Castle. Ask Warden for details.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate. 01669 620333. Open Tuesday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, Gardens and Estate, 10am–7pm or sunset if earlier, last admission 5pm. House open Saturday–Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am–5pm, Tuesday–Friday, 1pm–5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission (gift aid prices), House, Gardens and Estate, adults £14.60, children (5–17) £7.35, family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £36.50. Gardens and Estate, adults £9.45, children £4.80, family £22.70, U5s/National Trust members free.

Dunstanburgh Castle. 01665 576231. Open 10am–5pm daily. Adult £4, child £2.40, £3.60 conc. English Heritage free. If weather is poor, ring ahead to check opening hours.

Edlingham Castle. Open during daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle. 01890 820332. Open 11am–4.30pm daily. Adult £3.80, child £2.30, conc £3.40, family £9.90.

Fenton Centre. 01668 216216. Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm.

Heatherslaw Cornmill. 01890 820488. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adult £3.75, conc £2.75, family (2 adults/2 children) £10. Last entry to mill is 45 minutes before closing. Joint tickets for entry to Heatherslaw Mill & Lady Waterford Hall are also available.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. 01890 820244. Open daily. Railway shop and ticket office open from 10am. Train times, from Heatherslaw, every hour from 11am, up to and including 3pm, and from Etal, every hour from 11.30am, up to and including 3.30pm. Return journey prices: Adult £6.50, child £4, U5s £2, babies free, senior citizens £5.50. All tickets are for return journeys and can be purchased at the ticket office, or at Etal from the guard.

House of Hardy Museum, Alnwick. 01665 510027. Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, Saturday, 9am–4pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens. 01665 577285 or at weekends call 01665 577191. Open noon–6pm daily, last entry 5pm. Adults £6, Over 60s £5, children free. Prices include 10 per cent voluntary Gift Aid donation.

Hulne Park, Ratten Row, Alnwick. Open 11am–dusk.

Kirkharle Courtyard, Kirkwhelpington, 01830 540362. Shops, arts and craft workshops and food outlets in a 15th century farm courtyard.

Lady Waterford Hall. 01890 820503. Open daily, 11am–5pm. Adult £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free. Last entry to Hall 45 minutes before closing. Joint tickets to Lady Waterford Hall & Heatherslaw Mill also available.

Lindisfarne Castle. 01289 389244. Open today up to and including Sunday, May 8, 10am–3pm, and then Tuesday, May 10 up to and including Thursday, May 12, noon–5pm. Closed on Monday, May 9.

Lindisfarne Centre. 01289 389004. Open daily, 10am–5pm. Adults £3, children (5–15 years-old) £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory. 01289 389200. Open 9.30am–5pm daily. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, English Heritage members free.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington. 01665 570382. Open 8.30pm–5pm daily.

Preston Tower. 01665 589227. Open daily 10am–dusk. Adult £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, 01668 214910. Open daily, 10am–5pm, last admission 4.15pm. Adult £2.75, child/conc £1.75, family £7.25.

Wallington. 01670 773600. Call to check opening times.

Warkworth Castle. 01665 711423. Open 10am–5pm daily. Adult £4.80, child £2.90, conc £4.30, family £12.50, English Heritage members free.

Warkworth Hermitage. Open Wednesday and Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am–5pm. Adult £3.20, child £1.90, conc £2.90.